Vicodin, it was the drug that Sandra Bullock’s character was addicted to in “28 Days,” and a drug that is abused more today than it ever was. Its generic name is hydrocodone, which is also prescribed under the name brands as Norco and Loritab, according to the Washington Post today.
While Oxycodone, the narcotic ingredient in Percocet, along with other name brands such as Oxycontin or Percodan, is still the number on pharmacutical abused pain killer today, hydrocodone is coming in a close second.
In 2011 the total seizures by US law enforcement of hdrocodone pills counted up as 13,659 and in 2010 that number jumped to 44, 815. This drug caused over 900 deaths in Florida alone from 2003 to 2007. The DEA says this increase reflects the growing wave of nationwide prescription drug abuse.
Pharmacy robberies have doubled with 380 pharmacies robbed in 2006 to 686 in 2010. This nationwide trend did not skip over Connecticut, which has seen its fair share of pharmacy robberies.
At the beginning of the year a knife yielding robber demanded pain killers from a CVS pharmacy in Westport, Connecticut, according to Patch. This is just one of many in recent years. This same type of criminal behavior seen in this Connecticut incident is seen all over the US.
Reference: Washington Post, Patch Westport Connecticut